How are you doing? Have you accomplished the things you set out to do? You were so innocent and naïve. Have you learned to identify the difference between your dreams and the reality in the world you were unfamiliar with. What have you learned?
You never took life seriously but tried to imagine everything away. It’s a shame you never learned how to put that imagination to good use instead of just daydreaming the time away. All you ever wanted was to have fun.
The biggest worry you had was how to get to town to watch GI Blues. You had the usual teenage yearnings but most of your time was spent with your nose in a good book. The biggest highlight of that year was a train trip across the prairies and through the Rockies. It was great fun wasn’t it?
You weren’t prepared for what you found when you finally left home three years later. You lead a protected life up until that point. Most of the things you learned were out of books but that didn’t help you, did it? You were always taught the basics and right from wrong. This didn’t seem to help you when you went to the big city where people were so different than you were used to. It was a big difference going from the farm to sky scrapers that towered above your head. Cars zipped up and down the streets making you nervous and people hurried down the street. No one stopped to smile or offer guidance. You had such a romantic view on things.
What was your hurry to try so many different things? Do you think it was worth it? You were a country bumpkin and remained so throughout the years. My dear, it might have been better to stay in school for another couple of years but you were in a hurry to escape away from all the home difficulties. You found problems worse than you could have imagined.
My dear, at sixteen you were unprepared for life outside the family fold. In some ways it wasn’t so bad was it? You shouldn’t have listened to all the things other people said because they were often said out of context and when push came to shove they didn’t really matter. It was what you felt deep inside that really mattered in the end.
Do you ever wish you could get those innocent days back? You know that isn’t possible but you learned your lessons well and came up on top in the end. Life has turned out much better than you thought possible back then, don’t you think?
So, dear sixteen remember those days with a smile and always keep your chin up. Thankfully one never knows what the future holds. All one can do is move forward in the directions we have chosen and hope we do the right things along the way. You did the best you could with the knowledge you had at your fingertips. Congrats on a job well done.